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Around the Gardens: Your guide to this Friday's game against Harlequins

  • Launch of new Captains Club
  • Prizes up for grabs in the Supporter Village
  • 50% cashless bars & new food outlets
  • Pick up the new 2018/19 home and away kits
  • Free face painting and a rodeo bull in the Supporter Village
  • Tickets still available!
  • Stadium opens 5.45pm, kick-off 7.45pm

Taking to the Franklin’s Gardens turf for the first time in the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season, Saints are looking to get their home campaign off with a bang as they take on Harlequins under Friday Night Lights. 

Despite a disappointing start to the season at Gloucester on Saturday, Saints showed glimpses of promise in the opener at Kingsholm and will be hoping to go one better as they welcome Quins for their first home league outing of the season on Friday. You can secure your spot to see Saints’ first outing of the season by CLICKING HERE.

WEATHER
With the weather set to be cool with possible showers on Friday night, be sure to wrap up before heading to Franklin’s Gardens for the first home Gallagher Premiership fixture of the season.

CAR PARKING
Car Parks A, B, C and D will all be open as usual to season pass holders. Day passes for Car Park D will be available on the gate for £5.

Please note, supporters will not be able to access our car parks from the Weedon Road via Ross Road due to the barrier remaining closed. Please use Edgar Mobbs Way instead. 

Please also be aware that there will be no movement in VIP Car Park from ten minutes before the full-time whistle for 25 minutes. As usual, traffic management will be in place in Car Park D, Claret Car Park and on Edgar Mobbs Way. After the Car Parks close at 11.30pm on Friday night, there will be no access to any vehicle left in the Car Parks over the weekend.

If you are in hospitality and parking in the VIP Car Park please use NN5 5BG for satellite navigation devices. If you are in hospitality and parking in Car Parks A, B & C, please use NN5 5AX. For general supporter parking in Car Park D, please use NN5 5JT.

CAPTAINS CLUB
Friday will mark the launch of Saints’ newest form of Hospitality, the Captains Club. This exclusive, members-only bar is a brand-new space for the Club’s Season Ticket Holders offering members a new laid-back, social setting to mingle with fellow supporters before, during and after each one of Saints’ 16 home matches.

And to celebrate the opening of the new space, twelve former Saints captains will be joining Captains Club members in the new suite to raise a toast to the start of the 2018/19 season, after a Q&A with some of the former captains. 

 With the likes of Bob Taylor, Tim Rodber, David Powell and Vince Cannon attending the opening night, you’re not going to want to miss the chance to be a part of this exclusive club. 

Places are still available to purchase for the opening clash with Harlequins or the 2018/19 season and to land a spot at this exclusive event, please contact our sales team on 01604 751543 or [email protected]

There will also be a half-time chat with Lee Dickson, Vince Cannon and Tim Robder on the pitch for supporters not able to attend the opening event.

CLUB OF THE MATCH
Friday’s Club of the Match is Bugbrooke RFC, who will be completing the Guard of Honour on the pitch before the game. 

There will also be an interview with a Saints player in the Supporter Village at 7pm. 

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS FOUNDATION
Bucket-shaking at Friday’s game against Quins will be the newly-launched Northampton Saints Foundation. The Foundation will be present around the stadium as well as hosting a Spin to Win stand in the Supporter Village before the game. 

There will also be eight EcoCup bins around the stadium where supporters can leave their used cups to donate the £1 deposit to the Foundation. Old EcoCups will be accepted at these bins and the normal Cup Return Points. 

Please help us support the new Foundation and give generously this Friday! 

VILLAGE ACTIVITY
With the usual Supporter Village Store and face painting taking place, we will also be joined by Club partners AutoWindscreens and Carlsberg in the Supporter Village before the game. 

AutoWindscreens will be bringing giant deck chairs and a rodeo bull with them, while Carlsberg will be hosting Random Rounds for an hour after the Supporter Village opens – so get here early to grab yourself a free drink!

The Big Screen in the Supporter Village will not be operating this evening due to a hydraulics issue. 

FOOD & DRINK
Saints will be continuing the 50% cashless system used at the preseason friendly against Glasgow Warriors in the bars on Friday, with four tills in the Rodber Bar and six tills in the Marquee Bar accepting card payments only, to reduce queues and further improve Saints’ supporters matchday experience. 

Thanks to our partners Carlsberg, you can enjoy a special drinks offer of 4 Pints for £15 on Carlsberg and Tetley's throughout the season.

There will also be a number of new food outlets available in the Supporter Village with a mini-village available outside the Ticket Office at half-time.

2018/19 KIT
Both home and away jerseys, as well as the brand-new range of training wear, are now available from the Saints Store. And with the main store open from 9am and the Supporter Village Store opening from 5.45pm, you've got plenty of time to don some new attire before the game kicks off.

LIVE MUSIC
Local band DAB Trio will be performing in the Rodber Bar after the game tomorrow night. Please bear in mind that the band will not start playing until BT Sport are off air. 

Tickets for the game are still available from £32 adults and £14 juniors, CLICK HERE to book. 

SAINTS v HARLEQUINS TIMINGS
9.00am                         Ticket Office & Saints Store open
5.15pm                         Car Parks open
5.30pm                         Hospitality opens
5.45pm                         Supporter Village and Stadium opens
7.45pm                         Saints v Quins KICK-OFF
7.45pm                         Saints Store closes
8.30pm (approx)          Ticket Office closes
8.45pm (approx)          Supporter Village Store close
9.30pm (approx)          Saints v Quins FULL TIME 
11.00pm (approx)        Staggered Bar closes around the ground, ending in Rodber Bar approx 90 mins after full-time
11.30pm                      Supporter Car Parks close